Racking up 20 years

Bingley based Industrial Storage firm Racks Industries Ltd is celebrating 20 years of trading this month with recognition of staff loyalty and appropriate rewards.

A major local employer since its formation in 1995, Racks Industries has aspired to lead the way in heavy duty Cantilever Racking design & manufacture. In 2005 sister Company Mezzanine Industries Limited was created; to open up a new range of products and customers and increase the manufacturing skills base. Racks Industries has continued to expand its product range across all sectors, but they aren’t resting on their laurels.

Regarding the road ahead, Managing Director Chris Wilson said “We have exciting plans for the future, building on the excellent work undertaken over the last three years, which has seen us grow back significantly from the low point in the recession. We have worked hard over the last few years to develop the business, gaining recognition from awarding bodies, which reflects both the standard of our products and the quality and commitment of the workforce. This has, in addition, helped to grow demand for our standard products and opened new avenues of business which we are now looking to explore. We are fully committed to operating out of the Bradford and Airedale manufacturing area and as we grow will create further employment opportunities for both skilled workers and apprentices. We have recently completed the training for 3 apprentices and continuation of the apprenticeship schemes for young people is part of our ongoing plan.”

His satisfaction at trading through the recession was echoed by Sales Director Darren Hibberd, who added “It was a hard time for the manufacturing sector and many firms didn’t fare as well as we have. We used the economic slowdown as an incentive to revamp our advertising and online presence, which kept our brand visible. When the upturn began, that was reflected in increased sales to both existing and new clients. Overall, it proved to be a positive move which paid off in the long term.”

Priding itself on Quality throughout, Racks already holds the prestigious ISO 9001 Quality Award and the European wide CE Mark; along with Health & Safety Awards from Construction Line, CHAS and EuroSafe. With increasing “Green” credentials, Racks Industries is now working toward adding the ISO 14001 Environment & 18001 Health & Safety Awards to its list of accreditations.

Trading with a broad range of clients and exporting to mainland Europe, the USA and beyond, Racks Industries has supplied Cantilever Racking across the globe. A very positive reason for celebration as they look back at their achievements, celebrate their standing within the industry and look forward to the next 20 successful years.

Written on 9th October 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Manufacturing, Members News